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Goldsmiths’ Fair ends after a ‘successful’ 35th edition

The 35th edition of Goldsmiths’ Fair, closed its doors on Sunday afternoon.

More than 8,000 individuals, including gallerists, international collectors, and jewellery enthusiasts of all stripes, visited the event and sales were reportedly strong.

The event was held at the Goldsmiths’ Hall and unveiled the latest collections from 126 leading designer-makers and the next generation of precious metal stars.

Some 92 jewellers and 34 silversmiths, all UK-based, presented their work across the event’s two weeks (63 exhibitors per week).

Scottish jeweller Jonathan Boyd won the Best New Design Award (Week One) for Weeds, a series of brooches based on the life cycle of a flower. Andrew Lamb was runner-up in Week One.

London-based jeweller Sonia Cheadle won the Goldsmiths’ Fair 2017 Best New Design Award (Week Two) for her Four Seasons Brooches comprising Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Rebecca de Quin was runner-up in Week Two.

This year, fashion filmmaker Ujin Lin created the film installation Precious Mysteries, which premiered at the Fair. The piece was inspired by jewellery and silver Lin personally selected from this year’s Fair exhibitors.

The majority of the precious metal treasures which were chosen for the film also appeared in a special exhibition on the ground floor.

The New Abstraction, one of the event’s two other exhibitions, featured a selection of sculptural silver and was curated by Christina Jansen, managing director of The Scottish Gallery.

Finally, jewellery expert Joanna Hardy curated the Timeless Innovation exhibition featuring jewels from the world-renowned Goldsmiths’ Company Modern Jewellery Collection. The display included more than 20 of Hardy’s personal highlights from the range.

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Shekina Tuahene

Shekina is a multimedia journalist who has lived in London all her life. She is an alumnus of University of Greenwich and Brunel. Shekina loves to read, travel, socialise and listen to music. If you have any story or feature ideas, feel free to drop her a line.

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